The Short Version:

ANTONIA MURPHY is an award-winning magazine journalist, author and adventurer. A San Francisco native, she took off on her sailboat in 2005 and never came back. Today, she lives and works in Whangarei, New Zealand, with her husband Peter and their two children, Silas and Miranda. Antonia’s debut memoir, DIRTY CHICK: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer will be published by Gotham Penguin (USA/Canada) and Text (Aus/NZ) in January, 2015.

 

The Long Version:

ANTONIA MURPHY is an award-winning magazine journalist, author and adventurer.  Her short stories, essays and travelogues have appeared in Sail magazine, Cruising World and Latitude 38.

Since graduating from Columbia University with a completely impractical degree in European History and Comparative Politics, Antonia has earned her living as a doll designer, union stagehand, Internet geek, and yacht chef.  She spent three years managing the Young Performers Theatre in San Francisco, where she taught playwriting and storytelling to children ages 3-14. She has also backpacked across Central America, chopped peppers for Thomas Keller, broken down sets for Aerosmith and run a youth hostel at the bottom of the world.

In 2005, Antonia and her husband Peter embarked on a sailing adventure through Mexico, Central America and Ecuador, then across the Pacific to the Galapagos Islands and French Polynesia.  After two splendid years of boat vagrancy, they docked in New Zealand to start a family.

Today, they find their adventures on land. Antonia and Peter live on a 12-acre farm in Purua, a district of Whangarei, New Zealand. There, they raise a rotating cast of farm animals, including chickens, roosters, ducks, goats, alpacas, cows, and sheep. Antonia also makes her own raw milk cheeses and an obscene quantity of homemade wine. Chaos ensues.

Raised in San Francisco, Antonia has lived and worked in various countries, from New York to Rome, Villefranche-Sur-Mer to Invercargill.  She now lives and writes in Whangarei, New Zealand, with her husband Peter and their children, Silas and Miranda. Antonia’s debut memoir, DIRTY CHICK: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer will be published by Gotham Penguin (USA/Canada) and Text (Aus/NZ) in January, 2015.